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THE STATE power employees will boycott work at all powerhouses tomorrow. They will also tie black bands to protest against privatisation of Anpara C power project. Besides, if the decision to privatise the Anpara C project was not withdrawn, they would intensify their agitation.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 00:46 IST

THE STATE power employees will boycott work at all powerhouses tomorrow. They will also tie black bands to protest against privatisation of Anpara C power project.

Besides, if the decision to privatise  the Anpara C project was not withdrawn, they would intensify their agitation.

A decision to this effect was taken at an emergency meeting of the UP Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti after the cabinet gave its nod to hand over the Anpara C project to Lanco Kondapalli, an Andhra Pradesh-based private company.

The Sangharsh Samiti also appealed to the Chief Minister to withdraw the decision to privatise the Anpara C powerhouse and hand over the same to the Utpadan Nigan. Addressing the meeting, Sangharsh Samiti leader Sahilendra Dubey said that the Anpara C project had already been delayed by 10 years due to controversy.

Now, the government’s decision to hand over it to a private company would kick up a bigger controversy. He said that Anpara A and B powerhouses  were functioning well and the Government was going to set up Anpara D project in the public sector. “Why does the Government want Anpara C to be set up by a private company,” he asked.

He further said that power employees would be forced to launch a prolonged agitation if the Anpara C was not handed over to Utpadan Nigam.

New vigilance set-up for UPPCL proposed

BRAJENDRA K Parashar
THE INSPECTOR general of the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) has proposed a new set-up for the department’s vigilance cell to ensure better enforcement work and an effective check on power theft. 

If implemented, the new structure will save the cash-starved corporation’s expenditure on the vigilance cell by 20 per cent and spare about 150 police personnel who can be posted in various police stations lacking manpower. The proposal has been sent to the Home Department and the DGP.

The present set-up, manned by a large number of senior police officers, will be replaced by a new one having a fewer number of police officers. It will have more senior technical officers of the UPPCL. The police personnel, who at present are being used for non-professional work in the UPPCL, will be available to the parent police department where there is a shortage of inspectors and Dy SPs.

Inspector general OP Dixit has suggested only one Dy SP be posted at the headquarters. The rest of the 11 posts in the districts should be abolished as ‘the Dy SPs are hardly of any use in the present setup’, he has said.  Likewise, he has proposed to do away with all posts of 33 inspectors and 66 posts of constables. At present, there are 162 constables posted all over the State. The number of clerks and drivers will also be reduced accordingly.

It has been suggested that there be a GM  (engineer) at the vigilance headquarters. To work under the control of the IG, the GM will supervise all technical work of executive engineers and assistant engineers under him. A drawback of the existing system, it has been pointed out, is that as per rules, the vigilance squads cannot conduct a raid or without the area’s  assistant engineer with them. Not only is there a lack of AEs, the vigilance cell also does not have any control over the AEs. 

The proposal says the availability of a technical officer of the rank of general manager at the UPPCL’s vigilance headquarters will strengthen the technical aspect of intelligence gathering regarding power theft. The technical staff will be able to make better use of equipment to check meters etc compared to the police personnel, says the proposal.

The IG, having direct administrative control over the technical staff, will help in fixing responsibility, where there are heavy line-losses in the distribution divisions, it is claimed.

LESA unearths huge power theft

THE LUCKNOW Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) on Sunday caught the owner of a multi-storied residential apartment indulging in electricity pilferage. The department realised Rs 1.20 lakh as compounding fee on the spot from the apartment owner.

A team led by Clyde Road SDO raided the Joppling Road situated Legacy Apartment and opened the meter on suspicion. On examination, it was found that out of three phases, two phases were bypassed and the only a nominal load was being used on the phase connected to the meter.

Against the 30 kw sanctioned load  for the apartment, the meter was recording only 2 kw and it showed having used only 99 kw load during past 56 months. However, it should have shown around 4,000 kw load being used in 56 months. According to the SDO, the meter was recording the consumption as low as 400-500 units per month. He said that the meter was replaced and Rs 1.20 lakh compounding fee realised from the owner.